Thursday, September 25th, 2014
Uncertain Future For Alaska's Polar Bears

Alaska Polar Bear Sow with Cubs -- Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska TravelAs cute as you think this picture may be, polar bears are not meant to be terrestrial mammals. They are marine mammals, and as such rely on the sea ice as critical habitat for their existence. As the sea ice continues to melt, polar bears are loosing their existential platform for survival.

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Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
Alaska Polar Bear Cub And Mother Playing

Polar Bear Cub and Sow Playing in Arctic Alaska - Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska TravelSome of the most precious moments watching polar bears in Arctic Alaska this past fall was observing the playful interactions among cubs or cubs and their mothers. If seeing polar bears in the wild is on your bucketlist, please take a look at our 2014 Alaska Polar Bear & Northern Lights tours. It truly is a once in a lifetime experience!

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Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
Alaska Polar Bear Viewing

Alaska Polar Bear - Ursus Maritimus - Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska Travel                           What a privilege it is to see the world’s largest terrestrial carnivore up close and personal at sunset along Alaska’s Arctic coast.

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Saturday, September 28th, 2013
Alaska Polar Bear Cubs Playing

Alaska Polar Bear Cubs Viewing - Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska TravelWhat an awesome sight to observe nine month old polar bear cubs playing in the snow on Barter Island. They are among several cubs that have almost survived their first year, a feat only 30% of all the newborns accomplish.

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Saturday, September 21st, 2013
Alaska Polar Bear Sow Nursing Her Cubs

Alaska Polar Bear Sow Nursing Cubs - Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska TravelWhat an incredible privilege it is not only to be able to see polar bears in the wild  but to be able to witness a sow nursing her twin cubs. This is definitely one of the most powerful and intimate glimpses I have ever had while observing wildlife.

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Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
Tough Future For Alaska's Polar Bear Cubs

Alaska Polar Bear Sow With Cubs - Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska Travel

A polar bear sow and her two nine month old cubs wander around the barrier reefs near Barter Island in northern Alaska. The chances for a newborn to survive the first year is only 30%  because of environmental stress related to climate change as well as cannibalism and other factors. These cubs might make it!

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Saturday, August 24th, 2013
Alaska Polar Bear Viewing

Alaska Polar Bear Viewing and Photography Tour with Wild Alaska Travel - (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska Travel

There is no other place like Kaktovik in Alaska where you can view and photograph polar bears up close and personal. A powerful and patient predator on land, sea, and ice, the polar bear is the world’s largest carnivore and a unique symbol of the Arctic. Hundreds of thousands of years ago, Ursus maritimus, or the sea bear, evolved from its brown bear (Ursus arctos) ancestors to occupy an ecological niche in the frozen far north. Its white coat, made of water repellant hair on top of a dense undercoat, serves as camouflage and acts to reflect sunlight to the bears black skin. Its large paddle-like feet, with their fur covered pads, are well suited for swimming and for dispersing the weight of the bear when hunting on ice for ringed seal and other prey. If you are interested to see polar bears in the wild, please check out our Alaska Polar Bear & Northern Lights Tour and our Alaska Polar Bear Express Tour.

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Monday, October 8th, 2012
Alaska Polar Bears – Barter Island

A couple of Polar Bears show try to impress each other on Barter Island near Kaktovik. What is equally impressive to me is all the logs laying around in this treeless place. The wood has traveled hundreds of miles down the Mackenzie River in Canada and then floated east along the Beaufort Sea coast to its present location.

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